Failing Forward

with Erikka J

Bosses, in 2022 we are failing fast and furiously. Who wants in? In this Bonus Modern Mindset Episode, Anne is joined by special guest Erikka J. They discuss blending tech + creative passions, pursuing multiple careers simultaneously, and most importantly, why it’s oh-so-important to fail…so that you can succeed!


In this Bonus Episode, Anne & Erikka J teach you how to fail fast + often, because whether we like it or not, it’s the key to success…
"There’s a stigma around failure, but no one learns from winning." - Erikka

About Erikka

DC born, Atlanta based voice actor, singer/songwriter and entertainer Erikka J is known for her rich powerhouse vocals, soulful tenor to soprano range, and commanding stage presence. As a writer, she is dedicated to giving her fans, or "Jewels" as she has named them, meaningful, honest, and relatable lyrics. During her time in Richmond, Virginia a reputation for delivering quality, heartfelt, attention grabbing performances earned her the honor of opening for Grammy-winning recording artist Chrisette Michele. Erikka has headlined events at notable venues such as DC's historic Blues Alley Jazz Club and the Dumfries Summer Concert Series. Though classically trained at DC's Duke Ellington School of the Arts and influenced by vocal staples such as Mary J. Blige and Billie Holiday, Erikka has a deep rooted love for hip-hop that is evident in her delivery. She lives up to her "Natural Born Hustler'' mantra with accomplishments such as landing music video placements on BET Soul, MTV.com, VH1.com, and Russell Simmons' All Def Digital YouTube channel, as well as lending her voice over talents to notable clients such as Google, Amazon, Apple News+, and the DC Lottery.



Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

  1. Agile means failing fast and often. #VOBOSS

  2. Learning from failures paves the road for success. #VOBOSS

  3. Examine how and why you failed. Build a better strategy for the next try. #VOBOSS

  4. Failing gives you the confidence to overcome any obstacle. #VOBOSS

  5. No business is built overnight or without failures. #VOBOSS

  6. Secure a steady flow of possibilities & act on them as they appear. #VOBOSS

  7. If your first impression is a fail, switch it up! #VOBOSS

  8. Fast failures can be tiny and are always something you can overcome. #VOBOSS

  9. It is ok to have more than one dream. #VOBOSS

  10. Don’t be afraid to change your plan to fit your current circumstance. #VOBOSS


"Failure never stops me. It teaches me how to pivot towards success."- Anne

Referenced in this Episode

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Learn more about Erikka J (and see her gorgeous website)
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